Surprise, y’all! A pair of dueling country divas has more heat than a bunch of hunky firemen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere of Nashville scored a 2.8 rating for adults 18-49, with 8.9 million viewers, beating competing newbie drama Chicago Fire and winning the 10-11 p.m. block. Fire was lukewarm with a 1.9 rating (6.6 million viewers). So, our girls on Nashville think country-fried Revenge with more singin’ than killin’ are hitting their high notes.

In case you didn't know, Nashville follows Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton), a country superstar whose career ain’t currently so “super,” forced to go on tour with hot, new mean girl sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Miss Juliette has more bitchitude than talent, but with established Rayna's career on a downward slope, her record label pushes her to sign on as Juliette’s... wait for it... OPENING ACT! Let the catfights begin.

Show creator Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Thelma & Louise, has shown us that she knows how to bring drama without throwing the ladies off a cliff under the bus. So, with plenty of hunky dudes, love triangles, career rivalries, and other juicy plotlines, we’ll def keep watching and listening!

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: The Hollywood ReporterTVbytheNumbers

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